Trail culture

Thoughts on a cancelled thru-hike

By Jessica Bowman

Harlem

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy ... Read more

The Trail Can Unite Us

June 3, 2020

Like so many, we are heartbroken by recent events that have highlighted the systemic racial injustice that continues to divide our country.

Thank you to those of you who have reached out to us about this issue. Our silence until now in no way reflects a lack ... Read more

I Took a Walk: A poem by David Rolsten

Listen to an audio version of the poem here.

I took a walk By David Rolsten

I took a walk.

It went on forever and was over too soon Recharging batteries I never knew I had I’m so alive and sleep like a dead man Deserts in bloom, fields of ... Read more

“We will get out to the PCT one day!”

By Kendra Slagter

I remember sitting at my desk at the office in February, crossing my fingers and hoping there would be a permit date available for mid-April. I had already written off the possibility of getting one considering how quickly they were snatched up when originally released in October ... Read more